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Moving mountains / Claire Bertschinger with Fanny Blake.

By: Bertschinger, Claire.
Contributor(s): Blake, Fanny | Blake, Fanny [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Doubleday, 2005Description: viii, 290 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 038565801X; 0385608969 (pbk.).Subject(s): Bertschinger, Claire | Nurses -- Great Britain -- Biography | Humanitarian assistance -- Biography | Humanitarian assistance -- Ethiopia | Nurses personal narratives | Red Cross and Red Crescent | Nursing -- War | Biography -- Claire BertschingerDDC classification: 361.77092 Review: "One of the most enduring images of the Ethiopian famine that shocked the world in 1984 was that of the young International Red Cross nurse who, surrounded by thousands of starving people and with limited supplies, had the terrible task of choosing which children to feed, knowing that those she turned away might not last the night. That nurse was Claire Bertschinger, and those pictures inspired Live Aid, the biggest relief programme the world has ever seen. 'In her was vested the power of life and death, ' Bob Geldof said. 'She had become God-like, and that is unbearable for anyone.' Michael Buerk, whose television reports first showed those pictures, persuaded Claire to return to Ethiopia almost twenty years later. For all those years she had been haunted by the memory of the terrible choices she had been forced to make. But when she met them again, the survivors welcomed her back with open arms, and called her Mamma Claire." "Born in Sheering, Essex, into an Anglo-Swiss family, Claire Bertschinger had to overcome the handicap of her dyslexia to qualify as a nurse. When she joined the International Committee of the Red Cross, she fulfilled a zest for adventure and a passionate vocation for relief work in dangerous places. She had worked with the war-wounded and hostages in Lebanon, with the Mujahidin in Afghanistan, and with victims of civil war and displaced persons in Uganda, Sierra Leone and the Sudan. Working in war zones, she often came under fire herself while trying to save the lives of others."--BOOK JACKET.
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Twenty years ago, Michael Buerk's reports on the famine in Ethlopia shocked the West into action and resulted in the biggest relief programme the world had ever seen, supported by Bob Geldof and Live Aid. One of the most memorable images of that time was of the young British nurse working for the International Red Cross, who, surrounded by 85,000 starving people, had the terrible task of choosing which children to help out of all those who were too far gone to be saved. They called her 'Mamma Claire'. 'In her was vested the power of life and death, ' Bob Geldof has said, 'She had become God-like, and that is unbearable for anyone.' Earlier this year Michael Buerk persuaded Claire Bertschinger to return to Ethiopia for the first time to confront her feelings of guilt, and the result was a moving documentary shown in January 04

"One of the most enduring images of the Ethiopian famine that shocked the world in 1984 was that of the young International Red Cross nurse who, surrounded by thousands of starving people and with limited supplies, had the terrible task of choosing which children to feed, knowing that those she turned away might not last the night. That nurse was Claire Bertschinger, and those pictures inspired Live Aid, the biggest relief programme the world has ever seen. 'In her was vested the power of life and death, ' Bob Geldof said. 'She had become God-like, and that is unbearable for anyone.' Michael Buerk, whose television reports first showed those pictures, persuaded Claire to return to Ethiopia almost twenty years later. For all those years she had been haunted by the memory of the terrible choices she had been forced to make. But when she met them again, the survivors welcomed her back with open arms, and called her Mamma Claire." "Born in Sheering, Essex, into an Anglo-Swiss family, Claire Bertschinger had to overcome the handicap of her dyslexia to qualify as a nurse. When she joined the International Committee of the Red Cross, she fulfilled a zest for adventure and a passionate vocation for relief work in dangerous places. She had worked with the war-wounded and hostages in Lebanon, with the Mujahidin in Afghanistan, and with victims of civil war and displaced persons in Uganda, Sierra Leone and the Sudan. Working in war zones, she often came under fire herself while trying to save the lives of others."--BOOK JACKET.

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